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  1. How Can I Make the Most of My Life?

  2. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? “If only one could have two lives. The first in which to make one’s mistakes … and the second in which to profit by them.” D. H. Lawrence

  3. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12 1,2

  4. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould.”

  5. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past “You are on patrol in outer London when an explosion occurs in a gas main in a nearby street. On investigation you find that a large hole has been blown in the footpath and there is an overturned van lying nearby. Inside the van there is a strong smell of alcohol. Both occupants - a man and a woman - are injured. You recognise the woman as the wife of your Divisional Inspector, who is at present away in the USA. A passing motorist stops to offer you assistance and you realise that he is a man who is wanted for armed robbery. Suddenly a man runs out of a nearby house, shouting that his wife is expecting a baby and that the shock of the explosion has made the birth imminent. Another man is crying for help, having been blown into an adjacent canal by the explosion, and he cannot swim. Bearing in mind the provisions of the Mental Health Act, describe in a few words what action you would take.”

  6. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past “You are on patrol in outer London when an explosion occurs in a gas main in a nearby street. On investigation you find that a large hole has been blown in the footpath and there is an overturned van lying nearby. Inside the van there is a strong smell of alcohol. Both occupants - a man and a woman - are injured. You recognise the woman as the wife of your Divisional Inspector, who is at present away in the USA. A passing motorist stops to offer you assistance and you realise that he is a man who is wanted for armed robbery. Suddenly a man runs out of a nearby house, shouting that his wife is expecting a baby and that the shock of the explosion has made the birth imminent. Another man is crying for help, having been blown into an adjacent canal by the explosion, and he cannot swim. Bearing in mind the provisions of the Mental Health Act, describe in a few words what action you would take.” “I would take off my uniform and mingle with the crowd!”

  7. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past Christians are not called to be Chameleons … but to be different (this doesn’t mean ODD!)

  8. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past When we follow Christ, we are free to shedpatterns and habits that bring us and others down

  9. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past “What about sex outside marriage? • sex invented by God, celebrated in the Bible, and the Bible tells us how it is to be enjoyed to the full • biblical context of sexual intercourse is lifelong commitment in marriage between one man and one woman • a couple are “united” and become “one flesh” Genesis 2 24; Mark 10 7

  10. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Break with the Past “What about sex outside marriage? • God warns of the danger of going outside of these boundaries • Every act of sexual intercourse effects a “one flesh” union • Each pulling apart does damage and leaves scars • Broken hearts, broken marriages, hurt children, sexual disease

  11. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Make a New Start The Bible says, “Be transformed”

  12. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Make a New Start The Bible says, “Be transformed” • we don’t leave behind anything good … • just the rubbish … • and we inherit treasures!

  13. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Make a New Start Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12 9-14

  14. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Make a New Start • the Greek word for “sincere” means “without play-acting” (without hypocrisy) • sincere love means taking off our masks and daring to reveal who we are • when we know that God loves us as we are, we are set free to take off our masks

  15. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Make a New Start The Christian family into which we are called … enthusiastic harmonious generous hospitable forgiving empathetic living at peace with everyone An atmosphere of love, joy, patience, faithfulness, generosity, hospitality, blessing, rejoicing, harmony, humility, peace

  16. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? How Do We Do It? • “Present your bodies” an act of the will • offer our time • offer our ambitions • offer our possessions & our money • give him our ears • give him our mouths • give him our sexuality

  17. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? How Do We Do It? • “as living sacrifices” there will be a cost • prepared to go God’s way, not ours • giving up what we know is wrong • putting things right where needed • possible persecutionin some places • probable mockingin others • losing family? disinherited? losing wealth?

  18. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Why Should We Do It? God wants the best for our lives”Satan” means “slanderer” - he tells us lies about God His will for us is “good, pleasing and perfect” Romans 12 2 We could not run our lives better than God can! The sacrifices we are asked to make are nothing compared with the sacrifice God made for us

  19. How Can I Make the Most of My Life? Why Should We Do It? “If Jesus Christ be God, and he died for me, nothing is too hard for me to do for him” C.T.Studd “Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 12 1,2